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AZA Lawyers Zavitsanos, Robinson to Co-Author 2018 Issue of Essential Trial Guide O’Connor’s Texas Rules * Civil Trials

HOUSTON – Trial lawyer John Zavitsanos and Jane Langdell Robinson have been selected for the prestigious task of writing the 2018 issue of O’Connor’s Texas Rules * Civil Trials, known as “the trial lawyer’s bible” for Texas civil courts. Ever since then-Appellate Judge Michol O’Connor wrote the first edition 25 years ago, O’Connor’s Texas Rules […]

Korean Steel Manufacturer Sanctioned, Forced to Face Breach of Contract Lawsuit in Houston

HOUSTON – A Harris County judge denied a Korean steel manufacturer’s attempt to avoid a lawsuit and sanctioned the company and its lawyers $22,000 for misrepresentations in their court filings in a fraud and breach of contract case brought by AZA’s client, a national pipeline and storage company. The 133rd District Court in Harris County […]

AZA Ranked Among Top Texas Commercial Litigation Firms by Chambers USA

HOUSTON – For the fourth year in a row, Houston trial law boutique Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, has earned recognition among Texas’ top commercial litigation firms in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. AZA lawyers were described as “robust litigation specialists with a fast-growing reputation as a feared opponent for […]

Prime Natural Resources Wins $41.6 Million in Wellsure Insurance Dispute

HOUSTON – A Houston jury awarded Prime Natural Resources Inc. $41.6 million in an insurance breach of contract dispute with certain underwriters at Lloyd’s, London, over offshore oil facilities damaged by Hurricane Rita 12 years ago. After six weeks of testimony, the state district court jury in Harris County awarded a remarkable $27.3 million in […]

AZA’s Sleek New Office Named Landmark Awards Finalist by Houston Business Journal

HOUSTON – AZA’s modern and formidable new office was selected as a finalist for the 2017 Landmark Awards by the Houston Business Journal in the Rehabilitation/Renovation category. The 34,000-square-foot office on the 25th floor of the LyondellBasell Tower at 1221 McKinney St. is visually imposing. Read the HBJ story here http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2017/04/21/hbj-2017-landmark-awards-rehabilitation-renovation.html. “AZA Law Firm wanted […]

Sammy Ford Honored by Houston Bar Association for CLE Work

HOUSTON – Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, is pleased to announce that firm attorney Sammy Ford IV is receiving the President’s Award for Outstanding Service to the Houston Bar Association. HBA President Neil Kelly is recognizing Mr. Ford for his work on the Continuing Legal Education Committee. The award will be […]

US Appeals Court Upholds Verdict for National Oilwell Varco in $120 Million Suit

HOUSTON – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit has upheld a Houston federal jury verdict that found National Oilwell Varco LP (NOV) did not racially discriminate against African-American workers, who had sought $120 million in damages. A three-judge panel unanimously rejected the appeal filed on behalf of eight minority employees of the […]

AZA Wins $9M Jury Verdict in Texas Patent Infringement Case Against Motorola

MARSHALL, Texas – Houston patent trial lawyer Demetrios Anaipakos of Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, has won a $9 million federal jury verdict for Texas-based patent licensing company Saint Lawrence Communications LLC against technology heavyweight Motorola Mobility LLC for patent infringement. After a week-long trial, jurors in the U.S. District Court […]

AZA on National List with Big Law for ‘Best Branded’ in GC Survey

HOUSTON – Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, is being recognized as one of the “best branded” law firms in the country based on a survey of corporate counsel at the world’s most influential companies. AZA made the BTI Brand Elite 2017 list along with some of the biggest law firms in […]

Sammy Ford Is Fourth AZA Lawyer Elected to American Board of Trial Advocates

HOUSTON – Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, is pleased to announce that firm attorney Sammy Ford IV has been elected to the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), an elite group of the country’s leading judges and civil trial lawyers. Joining firm founders Joe Ahmad and John Zavitsanos and partner […]

Nine from Houston’s AZA Law Firm Earn 2017 Texas Rising Stars Honors

HOUSTON – Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, is pleased to announce that nine firm attorneys have been named to the 2017 Texas Rising Stars list, which recognizes the state’s leading young lawyers. AZA associate Sammy Ford IV was named a “Top 100 Texas Up & Coming” lawyer for his personal injury […]

AZA Wins Dismissal of Landry’s Defamation Suit over Houston Aquarium Tigers

HOUSTON – A judge dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed by Landry’s Inc. restaurant chain and its Downtown Aquarium that claimed the Animal Legal Defense Fund defamed Landry’s by publicly commenting on the controversial treatment of four endangered white tigers kept at an aquarium exhibit. Harris County District Judge Steven Kirkland ordered Landry’s to pay $450,000 […]

AZA Lawyer Monica Uddin Quoted in Houston Media for Airport Immigration Aid

HOUSTON – Monica Uddin, an associate at Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, was featured in the Houston Chronicle and Houstonia magazine for her pro bono work helping immigrants detained at Houston’s international airport. Ms. Uddin was quoted in a front-page Houston Chronicle story headlined, Lawyers, aiding those caught in Trump travel […]

AZA’s Jane Langdell Robinson Earns Prestigious Civil Appellate Law Certification

HOUSTON – The Houston trial law firm of Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, is pleased to announce that Jane Langdell Robinson was one of only eight lawyers to be Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization this year. This specialization focuses on proceedings brought before […]

WSJ: Texas Union Fights to Stay in Bankruptcy after Losing Defamation Case

HOUSTON – The Wall Street Journal reported that one of the country’s largest unions is trying to remain in bankruptcy as it confronts a $7.8 million defamation judgment against it won by Professional Janitorial Service of Houston Inc. in a Harris County court. The Texas branch of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) asked a […]

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